Debden Park High School Design and technology (AT87)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Financial support
Bursaries and student finance are available if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

Our programme prepares our trainees to be excellent teachers to enable them to deliver high quality, purposeful and inclusive learning experiences, inspiring a love of learning and successful outcomes.

This is achieved through:

  • A school-based programme where trainees work alongside expert colleagues four days a week.
  • Trainees develop their knowledge and understanding of teaching through a weekly Curriculum and Professional Studies (CPS) day delivered at Debden Park High School or through live online learning.
  • All training is underpinned by current high-quality evidence, informed practice and research.
  • The Curriculum and Professional Studies programme combines a pedagogical approach to learning with practical strategies for use in the classroom.
  • Trainees will gain experience from practising teachers as well as specialist speakers in safeguarding, behaviour management, special educational needs and health and well-being, vocal and body language training and equality in education.
  • A two-week induction programme which provides every trainee with the knowledge and skill-base to prepare them for their placement schools, where they will observe expert colleagues in preparation for teaching.
  • Dedicated mentor support throughout the programme with weekly observations and mentor meetings where targets are set to support a trainee’s development in line with SCITT curriculum.
  • Specialist subject and curriculum knowledge support with dedicated subject tutors.
  • Experience and understanding of the key stages on either side of the training programme.
  • Supporting trainee teachers to develop strategies that will support their wellbeing and resilience and enable them to meet the professional challenges in their initial years of teaching.
  • Evidence of progress. The course is designed to help trainees demonstrate they have met the curriculum through planning, preparation and assessment of pupils. The programme is assessed through continual course work; there are no final exams.

School placements

Applicants apply for their preferred school (A) placement where they will spend the majority of their training year.

Trainees are required to complete a second (B) placement as part of training.

The second placement (B) will be for six weeks in a contrasting setting. This enables us to ensure that we offer trainees a breadth of experience in their training year. Every effort is taken to place trainees in a partner school geographically convenient for them, without compromising their training needs.

This programme is full-time (term time only). Trainees spend four days a week in school and one day a week taking part in curriculum and professional studies at Debden Park High School or via live online sessions.

Trainees have the option of gaining a Distance Learning Postgraduate Certificate in Education (DLPGCE) with Masters credits through Leeds Beckett University. This is a distance learning programme which enhances the theoretical and research understanding of teaching and learning.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

We may consider applicants with an A Level (at minimum Grade B) in the subject applied for.

Your degree subject should be in design and technology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

We accept equivalences from the following organisations:

  • Equivalency Testing
  • A Star
  • Birmingham City University (BCU) Equivalency testing

Please note that the candidate has to meet all costs for equivalency tests.

Personal qualities

We are seeking well-qualified graduates who have a passion for learning and a commitment to helping children be the best that they can be.

Candidates will need to demonstrate a depth of understanding in their subject knowledge and have the ability and the willingness to develop curriculum and pedagogical knowledge appropriate to the age and phase of the pupils they will be teaching.

Candidates will need to demonstrate their intellectual and academic capabilities to prove that they can meet the requirements of the teaching role.

Other requirements

  • Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced clearance;
  • A minimum of two satisfactory references;
  • Recommended as medically fit to teach.

(TKAT SCITT will meet the cost of the Enhanced DBS, however, if an overseas check is necessary, the additional cost will be met by the trainee).

TKAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students, and expects all staff, trainees and volunteers to share this commitment. Conditional offers will be subject to the full Safer Recruitment process, including an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £7,250.

We offer two pathways leading to different qualifications. Fees for each pathway are as follows:-

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only - £7,250


  • QTS with accreditation for Distance Learning Postgraduate Certificate in Education (DLPGCE) with 60 Masters Credits - £9,250

Both costs of these pathways are met by the trainee, although they may be eligible for a student loan via Student Finance England (SFE).

Trainees may be eligible for a government bursary depending on the grade of their degree. Our administration staff will be able to advise.

About the training provider

Debden Park High School is the School Direct Lead School for our Essex training hub providing secondary (11-16) and primary (5-11) school-based teacher training.

Our other ITT partner schools in the Essex Training Hub are:


  • Hylands School
  • King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy


  • Heybridge Primary School
  • Maldon Primary School
  • Stapleford Abbotts Primary School
  • Willow Brook Primary School & Nursery

Trainees can gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to study for a Distance Learning Postgraduate Certificate in Education (DLPGCE) with Masters’ credits. Our HEI Provider responsible for the PGCE is Leeds Beckett University.

We offer full-time and part-time bespoke training programmes: every training session is delivered by a highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic practitioner. Our training is relevant and responsive to current developments in education and provides a hands-­on approach to classroom practice. We believe the best teachers are trained by expert practitioners.

About the accredited body

The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) SCITT is an accredited ITT Provider offering secondary (11-16) and primary (5-11) school-based initial teacher training awarding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to study for a Distance Learning Postgraduate Certificate in Education (DLPGCE) with Masters’ credits. Our HEI Provider responsible for the PGCE is Leeds Beckett University.

TKAT SCITT was rated Good by Ofsted in our last inspection in March 2022.

We pride ourselves on the communication and support provided to trainees to enable them to successfully complete their training year.

We support trainees in finding a suitable Early Career Teacher (ECT) post.

Interview process

Candidates take part in a selection and recruitment process designed to assess their suitability to train to teach.

The aim of the interview process is for candidates to demonstrate why they have chosen teaching as a career, demonstrate their subject knowledge and allow us to see their potential to work in in the classroom setting.

If successful, candidates will be made a conditional offer of a place on the TKAT SCITT programme, subject to all course requirements being met. Candidates will be invited to attend an interview. This will either be held virtually online or face-to-face.

Candidates will be asked to plan a lesson which will be discussed during the interview and to prepare a short presentation based on the topic provided.

Candidates will also be given a maths (online timed diagnostic) and written task to complete.

Candidates may be asked to share a portfolio of work. Full details will be set out in the candidate’s interview offer letter.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Our excellent communication with our ITT partner schools enable us to meet the needs of our trainees wherever possible. Individual support programmes are established at the start of the training programme to ensure trainees’ needs are met.

We believe pastoral support of our trainees is essential. SCITT staff are trained in mental health awareness and all trainees receive professional training to have coping strategies for their mental health and well-being throughout the training programme.

Our Commitment - Equal, Inclusive, Diverse.

TKAT is committed to inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity by encouraging and welcoming differences, listening to individual experiences, aspirations and accomplishments and learning how to grow better together. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of any protected characteristic; this includes applicants wishing to work flexibly.

Contact this training provider

020 3740 1808
Debden Park High School
c/o The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), The Atkins Centre, Kemnal Technology College
DA14 5AA

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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